Having had migraines since I was a pre-teen, I have tried my fair share of drugs. You name a prescription and I’ve probably been on it at some point. Over-the-counter? I have Excedrin in every purse and in my car.
But sometimes I don’t want to take medicine. Sometimes I prefer to try and see if I can get rid of it on my own. As a parent, most days I don’t have the luxury of taking a pill and going to sleep. SO I try to alleviate some of the pain using these home remedies. They don’t always work but it’s always worth a shot!
Find Relief From Your Migraine, Naturally
Here are 10 natural ways to relieve migraines. Good luck!
Lavender Oil: If you have some lavender oil, try inhaling it or applying it on the back of ears, temples, and back of neck. For inhaling it, you can put a few drops in palm and rub hands together and then inhale. Make sure to dilute down your essential oil if you are applying to skin with coconut oil, grapeseed, or almond oil. I use Young Living.
Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil will create a nice cooling effect on the skin. You can inhale it from your palms (a few drops) or apply to the back of ears, forehead, back of neck to find relief. Make sure to dilute down your essential oil if you are applying to skin with coconut oil, grapeseed, or almond oil.
Hydration: I know this is a very basic concept, but not drinking enough can lead to dehydration. Dehydration alone can cause massive headaches that can turn into a migraine. Drinking sugary drinks and coffee (GUILTY!) can be dehydrating our bodies. Make sure to drink enough water, and eat fruits and vegetables, as they provide hydration as well.
Chiropractor Adjustment: I’ve been going to a chiropractor for years thanks to a car accident in my teens. The chiropractor can reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress damages the body cell components. Getting adjusted has lessened migraines in some patients. (Obviously I am not a medical professional, but I do find that when I go, it definitely helps my headaches.)
Diet: Consider getting rid of gluten filled products and items that contain MSG. These both are known to trigger headaches, and by cutting them out of your diet you might find relief from migraine pain. Meats with nitrates and dairy can also trigger migraines. Keep a log of your diet and see if you can find your headaches happening after you eat a certain meal. This will give you a visual if something in your diet is causing trouble.
Detox Bath: Ad one cup of baking soda to your hot bath water and soak. You can even add a few drops of essential oils like lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass if you would like. This will help get rid of the toxins in your body, and can help prevent headaches.
Flaxseed: Some headaches are triggered by inflammation. A great way to reduce inflammation is with flaxseed. You can add it to foods you eat by sprinkling on top, putting in a smoothie, or even in essential oils. Either way, try to add to your daily diet and see what happens.
Submerge feet and wrist in water: Next time a migraine hits, soak your feet and wrist in some cool water, and put a wet washcloth on the back of your neck. This has been said to help reduce the pain of a migraine.
Feverfew: This is an herb that contains a compound called parthenolide, and is known to relieve spasms in the muscles and reduce inflammation. You can either make an herbal tea by steeping a some dried leaves in hot water for 30 minutes, or eat a few fresh feverfew leaves daily.
Pencil Between Teeth: This may seem silly but put a pencil in between your teeth next time you feel a headache building. Hold it; don’t bite it. This can help relieve the pressure in your head, by relaxing your jaw. You can even do this when you don’t have a headache to try and prevent it.
What natural remedies do you try when you have a headache?